Day Five Highs and Lows for Team Scotland at Home Euros
Team Muirhead maintained their 100% record on the fifth day of the Le Gruyere European Championships and now head into the play-off stages of the international tournament as top seeds.
The Scots beat Denmark 7-3 in nine ends and, earlier in the day, secured their semi final place after a seventh consecutive win when they defeated the Czech Republic 10-5.
As the only unbeaten side in the tournament, the Scots face Russia tomorrow who are the current European title holders, albeit with a different line up this year.
Skip Eve Muirhead said; “It is really important that we come out strong against Russia, it will mean a lot more to them than it does to us but I think we need to keep showing that Scotland women are fighting hard and playing well out there.
“This is the important bit of the week and it feels like we have done a lot of hard work to get here, which we have, but in a way that is all in the past now and this is the important bit.”
She added, “One more round robin game tomorrow ... knowing we are ranked number one going into the semis it is important that we don’t slack off one bit and we keep fighting really hard to keep the w’s coming.”
However for Scotland’s men their championship hopes came to an end this evening at the Braehead Arena after losing out 8-6 to Russia, who earlier in the day had battled back from 5-1 down to defeat last year’s silver medallists, Denmark.
Scotland secured a single steal at the opening end but after the teams exchanged twos at the next two ends the Russians registered two more at the fourth then stole at the fifth to lead 5-3 at half way.
Brewster’s men responded well with a two at the sixth and a steal at the seventh to move ahead and after forcing their opponents to take a single and level at the eighth they looked to be in control after blanking a well played ninth end.
They also looked to have things in hand at the last, setting up a chance for Brewster to draw for the win with his last stone but he delivered it slightly heavy and it ran through to leave the Russians lying two and into the knock out stages at their host’s expense.
Skip Tom Brewster said: “We performed pretty good tonight and it came down to one shot at the end.
“I thought I threw it the same as before, maybe it was a faster track and it just slid on.
He concluded: “We can take a lot from this, but that is for the debrief and another day. Right now we are not into the play-offs so I am feeling pretty gutted.
Earlier in the day, Team Brewster bounced back from two losses yesterday to register a much needed 6-4 win against Italy, a result which has secured their place at next year’s world championships. They finished sixth overall, on the same 4-5 record as fifth-placed Germany.
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